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Old 10th February 2018, 11:10 AM   #1
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Hello all,

Love this site and I have done so much reading over the last several weeks my head is spinning right now

Looking to do a full range project with my son.

I do have wood working skills but, would prefer to try and source a flat pack for convenience of building with an 11 year old

He has acquired quite a nice little set up of his own now and is getting into vinyl.

I use to be into audio but have since gotten rid of almost all of my stuff many years ago.

Well I think it is time to get back into it.

More than likely I will be using Mark Audio drivers for the build

Any help would be appreciated

Thanks

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Old 10th February 2018, 12:20 PM   #2
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RPetersen,

Great to see a father and son project coming up!

Which Mark Audio driver are you thinking about?
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Old 10th February 2018, 03:42 PM   #3
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Madisound has a couple of Fostex kits on sale that include everything. 3" ( FE83En or FF85WK) or 4" ( FE103En or FF105WK) kits available. They even have a back loaded horn version, but it's more expensive.

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Old 10th February 2018, 03:45 PM   #4
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RPetersen,

Great to see a father and son project coming up!

Which Mark Audio driver are you thinking about?
Thinking about the CHR70 driver

I did see the kits at Madisound as well

I am thinking along the lines of a floor stander right now
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Old 10th February 2018, 05:38 PM   #5
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A few questions / observations.
Where are you located? While I wholeheartedly agree on choice of floorstanders whenever space permits, flatpacks for them can be large enough that long distance shipping of packed kits can add significantly to cost.

Over the past 15yrs, I've heard / built speakers for just about every driver Mark Audio has produced, as well as many of the Fostex FR drivers up to 6". If you're looking at the CHR70, I'd strongly suggest spending the extra few dollars ($ 9US ea) on the Pluvia7.

What type / amount of power are you anticipating using? Unless you're planning on blasting Techno/dance party levels in a huge room, anything more than 30watts should be more than sufficient. Even some under 10 watt units - Nelson Pass' ACA comes immediately to mind - can deliver very satisfactory performance.

Avoid if possible using MDF for speaker enclosures - even in kits where you don't have the issues with dust during the fabrication process. I was quite easily convinced of the sonic superiority of BB plywood over MDF on a pair of test builds well over a decade ago.
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Old 10th February 2018, 07:11 PM   #6
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I am located in Richmond, VA
I could go with the Pulvia 7 not an issue
As far as power not sure yet could be tube, could be low watt solid state etc. just not sure yet but have some ideas, could also be tube integrated.
Definitely not party blasting sound levels that is for sure.
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Old 10th February 2018, 07:38 PM   #7
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Ok after looking at the frugal-phile library, holy smokes!

Now how to decide which one Mercia, Wessex, Micro Tower or Pensil?

Those all look to be relatively easy to build
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They even have a back loaded horn version, but it's more expensive.
It is hard to call the little one a horn.

We have been offering some flat-paks but have had to suspend taking orders as Chris will be retiring soon meaning no access to the shop, and his shop is very busy at the moment making it hard to turn out anything. Chris is committed to covering orders currently in the queue, and ideally he can turn out more than that, but he warned me not to hold my breath.

We do not have stock of anything suitable for the P7 (i too recommend spending a bit extra for the newer driver), but do have a comprehensive planset. If you have room, the Frugel-Horn Mk3 is likely a best bet performance wise.

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Now how to decide which one Mercia, Wessex, Micro Tower or Pensil?
I can’t recall whether we have released the appropriate vent for the P7 in the microTowers, likely the sam e or very close to the EL70.

The P7 so far has plopped into EL70 enclosures with none or very little modification so Wessex should work.

There is a Pensil for the p7, i need to post the link on Frugal-phile.com

http://frugal-phile.com/boxlib/pensils/PensilsS70.pdf

Note: the name comes from the CHS-70 which is a P7 without the dustcap dimple.

Mercia would need to be revised for the P7.

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Old 10th February 2018, 09:27 PM   #10
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I canít recall whether we have released the appropriate vent for the P7 in the microTowers, likely the sam e or very close to the EL70.

The P7 so far has plopped into EL70 enclosures with none or very little modification so Wessex should work.

There is a Pensil for the p7, i need to post the link on Frugal-phile.com

http://frugal-phile.com/boxlib/pensils/PensilsS70.pdf

Note: the name comes from the CHS-70 which is a P7 without the dustcap dimple.

Mercia would need to be revised for the P7.

dave
Thank you for the info

I have read through a bunch of your threads, a lot of great info, it is just a lot of reading as well and filtering through some of the nonsense in between.

I would buy the appropriate driver for whatever the design is based on.

I am not set on any particular driver, just looking for good performance at a decent DIY price and a fairly easy build so my son can participate some what.

But, they are really for me
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